Rights of PwDs stressed on their day

IMPHAL, 3rd Dec: Like in other parts of the world, ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ was observed by government and non-governmental institutions across the state on Sunday.

At an observance function held at Government Ideal Blind School, Takyel, Acting Chief Justice of High Court of Manipur, Justice N Kotiswar Singh called upon the more fortunate section of the society to encourage and back people with disabilities (PwDs) to live as normal persons.

While pointing out that there is no reason for the PwDs to feel disheartened on their mobility constraints, he also stressed that the differently abled people should hone their latent skills and endeavour for living life to the fullest.

As the chief guest of the observance, the Acting Chief Justice stated that as law abiding citizens PwDs need to demand their constitutional rights and send the message that in-spite of facing certain physical challenges they could stand on their own feet.

The observance organised jointly by Handicapped Development Foundation Manipur (HDFM), Welfare Association for Blind, Life Saver, Parent-Guardians’ Council of Persons with Disabilities, Saksham Manipur, Manipur Prant, Forum for Disabled People (Lamdeng), Anji (Nachou) and District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Imphal West under the sponsorship of Manipur State Legal Services Authority (MSLSA) was presided over by HDFM chairman Dr Ch Rupachandra while MSLSA member secretary RK Memcha Devi and DLSA chairman M Manojkumar attended as guests of honour.

As part of the function, Justice N Kotiswar released Manipuri translation of ‘Rights of Persons With Disabilities Act 2016’, students of deaf and mute schools staged a mime play themed ‘save nature’, resource persons enlightened the gathering on ‘Rights of Persons With Disabilities Act 2016’ and a blood donation programme was conducted.

In connection with the international observance, a winter fair themed ‘inclusive society for all’ was also conducted at Sagolband Tera Yengkhom Leirak community hall with Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Y Khemchand inaugurating the fair as chief guest.

In his brief address, Khemchand assured to accord top priority in ensuring that the women in distress as well as persons with disabilities get their constitutional rights.

Lamenting that Manipur had been deeply mired with the problem of marginalised section of the society being denied their rights in case he/she could not bribe the officials concerned, Khemchand asserted that in sync with the new government’s objective to eliminate the scourge of corruption, he will do the needful for effective and judicious implementation of welfare schemes for widows and PwDs.

A documentary film entitled ‘Eikhoigi Hak’ was also screened on the occasion, which was participated by Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently Abled Persons (Manipur) chairman Ch Opendro Singh as president while centre’s advisor S Kunjakeshwor, former ICHAM president N Rajendro, former chief resource person of CTEL (Ministry of HRD) DrTh Chandramani Singh, assistant director of Human Rights Law Network Th Premlata Devi and Yengkhom Leirak Development Club president H Shantikumar Singh were the guests of honour.

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